Sentencing In Tax Scam Targeting Glastonbury Public School Employees

Matt Dwyer
September 13, 2018 - 12:16 pm

(WTIC-AM) -- A 34-year-old Nigerian citizen today was sentenced to more than 2-and-a-half years in prison, for stealing the personal information of Glastonbury Public School employees. 

Federal prosecutors say last year, Daniel Ojo got ahold of the W-2 tax information of about 16-hundred Glastonbury Public School employees.  

Ojo was convicted of sending the school system an email asking for the personal information.

The message was designed to look like it came from within the school system.  

The worker who received the email, send out the confidential information.  

Ojo then used the forms to file tax returns, and to attempt to claim almost $600,000 worth of refunds. 

He got more than $36,000, before officials recognized the scheme, and stopped it.

A half a dozen of the returns were processed. 

Federal prosecutors say Ojo was in the U-S on a visitors visa, but had failed to leave as scheduled.  He most recently lived in North Carolina.